How to Choose Your Kitchen Color Scheme; Will My Color Scheme Be The Avocado Refrigerator Of The 2010s?

How to Choose Your Kitchen Color SchemeSelecting the right color scheme for your kitchen can be difficult when you’re not sure what specific feel, theme or design you have in mind. The range of styles and colors may leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The good news is that certain colors work best in specific rooms – especially for the kitchen. Here are some ideas on how to choose the best kitchen color palettes to suit your taste.

Choose Great Kitchen Color Combinations

You can make your kitchen an expression of your own personal style by immersing it in colors you love. For a no-regrets approach, choose neutral tones for the expensive foundation elements such as cabinets, floors, countertops, and appliances. Introduce color on the walls, backsplash, window treatments, lighting, and other accents. With this strategy, you can easily and affordably swap out the color scheme. Use a color chart to determine which colors complement one another and pick two dominant colors and one accent color. It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together. The following combinations are bright and beautiful together – blue and orange, red and yellow, gray and purple, black and white, blue and brown, gray and yellow, black and red, brown and green, and pink and white.

“It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together.“

 

For more contemporary or modern designs, bright colors and contrasting tones are much more common; vibrant reds, gentle greens and yellow give a retro-feel for the kitchen. Whether your kitchen style is modern, traditional or in between, some classic paint colors will work great. Black can be a great choice if you’re looking to create a contrast with a primarily light-colored design. Grays and dark browns for cabinets can help create a visual contrast with light-colored kitchen designs.

Most Recommended Colors

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. If you’re looking to create a warm and welcoming space, red, yellow, and green are a great option. Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate appetite and are an excellent option for the kitchen. Red is very versatile and can really make a kitchen pop. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room – it has a soothing quality that makes people feel calm and happy in the kitchen. For smaller spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and gray accents. Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen; different shades of green can leave your kitchen feeling calm and soothing or adventurous and striking.

“Have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.”

Wanting more of a crisp clean space? Look to a white, gray or blue paint colors for this look and feel. White can really energize a room and give a fresh, and clean feel the moment you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those. Gray is a neutral color that can work wonders; it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. Blue can create a crisp, clean look and is recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. It’s an invigorating color and can sometimes overpower a room so use sparingly.

Finding paint colors overwhelming? Tried a color you thought would be perfect only to realize it was scary? Call us to schedule a consultation. We can help get you back on track and rocking the colors that speak to you.

Standing the Test of Time

Kitchens can range from flashy to classic, but how do you know if their colors will outlast trends? A great way to beat the trends is choosing a color you love and go back to again and again. Many people find that her the last 10-20 years they LOVE the same shade of teal, blue, green, yellow, etc. These are safe choices because no matter what the trends do, you will love your space. Wait long enough, everything comes back again. Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Neutrals and rich colors can create interest in a timeless design. Try taking color inspiration from a rug or fabric and using intense colors in small, replaceable amounts. For countertops, look for classic color trios or lean toward white, neutral or black for lasting colors. These classic colors in solid surface materials like the quartz based materials, will stand the test of time. Most times, it is recommended to start with the countertops first, since they are the most expensive, and depending on the style you can create a theme surrounding it. You can coordinate the countertop color with the floor color and keep the secondary dominant color of the cabinets separating the two.

“Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style.”

 

Materials such as granite, quartz, ceramic tile and butcher-block-style wood come in naturally enduring colors. When considering the look for your backsplash, you can try one that gives an intense splash of color in the room or white subway tiles as a go-to classic backsplash. Custom-made mosaic reflecting other colors in the room, and organic, natural choices such as the muted, neutral colors in marble or limestone. Bold colors work great for walls, small decorative accessories, and smaller kitchen appliances. Metallic colors can be used to highlight and brighten your space. You can get this look with satin nickel/stainless finishes on fixtures and appliances, brass knobs and accessories or picking a countertop or floor that already has gold or silver accents.

Ready To Get Started on Your New Kitchen or Bath?

Kitchens Unlimited in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, California has been professionally transforming spaces for clients since 2003. Designing high-end quality kitchens and bathrooms is in our blood! Designing a beautiful kitchen using the right colors for you can be difficult, but our specialty is designing a kitchen that is functional & beautiful. Our clients love the help we give them in creating the space of their dreams – within their budget.  Kitchens Unlimited provides insight and education while empowering our clients to create the kitchens and spaces that they can thrive in.  Have a project in mind but just can’t decide? Need an expert interior designer who’s easy to work with? Want a stress-free & pain-free remodel?  Contact Kitchens Unlimited to schedule your free consultation today.

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Should I Reface My Cabinetry or Just Buy New?

Should I Reface My Cabinetry or Just Buy New?

Should I Reface My Cabinetry or Just Buy New?

Cabinets play an important role in “making or breaking” our kitchen and take up nearly 50 Percent of the total kitchen renovation budget. Before you decide to reface or replace your cabinetry, there are a few things to know and consider.

What is Cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing is changing the surface, much like painting your car or buying a set of new clothing. The industry pros call the cabinet box the “carcass” and the veneer the “skin.” The process of refacing involves removing certain elements of your cabinets while keeping other elements intact. It involves putting new doors and drawer fronts on existing cabinet frames. Many times we also switch out hinges and glides as well.

How Can I Find Out if My Cabinets are Good Candidates for Resurfacing?

Check to see if your cabinet is a good candidate for resurfacing by checking to see if the boxes are structurally sound. Sometimes times, older cabinets are stronger and studier than newer boxes, and thus can be less expensive and invasive to reface than buying new cabinets. If your existing cabinets are rusting, water damaged or falling apart, then you should consider replacing them. Another detail to consider is the value of making such an investment. Updating or renovating the kitchen can bring a return on your investment, but you want to be careful about putting money into the house that you will never see back.  

Refacing isn’t for every kitchen. If you have a kitchen with a poor layout, you’ve wasted your money on a nonfunctional kitchen. The last detail to examine is looking beyond the cabinets. With most refacers also handling flooring and countertop installations, consider looking to renovate the entirety of the kitchen to match the new improvements. You can add an island, crown moldings, wine racks, pull-out trash bins, flip-out drawers, pull-out shelves and more. Whether or not you reface or replace, make sure your decision is cost-effective and brings a renovation that is cohesive with the rest of the kitchen.  Still not sure what to do? Consider bringing in a professional interior design specialist like Kitchens Unlimited.

How Can I Decide which is Right For Me – Reface or Replace?

If you decide to make a change – whether it’s refinishing existing cabinets, installing new wood, or completely installing new cabinet doors and drawer fronts –  examine the costs. Some homeowners may consider refacing a do-it-yourself job, but for the more ambitious cabinet replacement jobs are best left to the pros. The costs range depending on the size of the kitchen, your area (Walnut Creek or Brentwood may be cheaper than Silicon Valley), and the resurfacer. Your best bet is to hire an interior designer like Kitchens Unlimited, who will provide a number of different quotes and go with an arrangement that reflects your budget and your personal taste. Before you sign a contract, check references and insurance coverage carefully, and nail down the terms of warranty whether it’s based on full-replacement or prorated cost.

Why Should I Consider a Kitchen Renovation?

The kitchen is the heart of the home – it’s the most important room that every family member uses. Once your project is complete, there is a payout of an up to date renovated look with a reduction of cost and more importantly – stress! Whether you decide on refacing or replacing based on the quality, construction, and age of your existing cabinetry, the greatest benefit is the options-galore for personalization. Should you decide to reface your cabinetry, a new kitchen “face-lift” has many advantages in being economical with minimal disruption, eco-friendly, and less time-consuming. Cabinet replacement opens up the possibility of changing the layout and functionality of your kitchen. With this complete overhaul, a new layout can mean the difference between a kitchen that works and one that doesn’t. Overall, updating the cabinets can be a cost-effective way to achieve high-impact results without the high cost and inconvenience of a major kitchen renovation.

Ready To Get Started on Your New Kitchen or Bath?

Kitchens Unlimited in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, California has been professionally transforming spaces for clients since 2003. Designing high-end quality kitchens and bathrooms is in our blood! Designing a beautiful kitchen is not that hard, the hard part is designing a kitchen that is functional & beautiful. We love to help our clients by providing insight and education while empowering them to create the kitchens and spaces that they can thrive in.  Have a project in mind but just can’t decide? Need an expert interior designer who’s easy to work with? Want a stress-free & pain-free remodel? Contact Kitchens Unlimited to schedule your free consultation today.

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DIY Magnetic Board

Hey ya’ll- Ashley here! So my inspiration for this magnetic board came from a Melissa and Doug magnetic doll for Laney last week. She showed immediate interest, but found it hard to dress the doll with the little stand it came with and the no flat surfaces we seemed to have for her disposal. (Insert light bulb above head). I will make her a magnetic board that we can attach to the wall in her play area. Big enough for this doll and any other magnets she may acquire. Thus a project was about to start!

First things first, I had nothing to make said magnetic wall board. So we all jumped in the car and headed to our second favorite place- Home Depot! There are two ways to make any surface magnetic; you can apply a magnetic paint- usually black and a very bold statement to a surface or you can purchase a piece of magnetic zinc coated metal, in any size desirable. I chose the latter.

So we went in with this list:

  • 24×46″ 26ga. zinc sheet metal
  • white window/base board molding (to frame sheet metal)
  • rosettes (to make window molding look like a frame and a little more dressed up)
  • paint to paint the window molding

We found all of our material and paint, which gave us a grand total of $51.87!!

I already had some leftover paint at home that I used to paint the frame- but most stores have samples you can buy for really cheap and even mark down paint that wasn’t used.

Once we got home, I cleared all of Laney’s toys so hubby could hang the sheet metal. He did this using Loctite construction adhesive (that bad boy isn’t going anywhere!). While the metal dried and adhered to the wall, hubby cut the molding to fit around the metal square size using a miter jig. The molding was 2″ thick so we just overlapped half of it to the metal and the rest the wall. The right and left panels are 34 1/2″ in length. The bottom and the top panels are 20″ in length. This will leave just enough of a gap in each corner- your rosettes go there!

 

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While the metal was drying and adhering to the wall, I painted the molding using chalk paint because it adheres to any material with little to no prep work required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MagneticBoard3Now that the metal had adhered to the wall and all the molding pieces were dry (I left the rosettes the primed white they came as for a pop of color), we glued the molding first and the rosettes second. We used duct tape to keep everything in place while it dried. (The Loctite adhesive we used required a 24 hour cure time-this will vary depending on what product you go with, or if you use adhesive at all). We only let it cure for about 12 hours and it was solid.

This is how our magnetic wall board turned out!!

 

 

 

 

Overall this was a fairly easy shopping spree as all needed materials are readily kept in stock. The only tool that you may not have lying around wood be the jig- but those are fairly inexpensive tool and cool to have in the garage! The actual set up time was done while Laney was sleeping so the adhering process and drying time of the paint was not compromised.

She absolutely loves playing on her board and am so happy we decided to make this for her- not only can she used it for her dolls, she can practice her numbers, letters and colors as well as use the board to hang her art!

 

I have an eye for seeing the problems others might miss. If you have some trouble areas in your kitchen or bath contact us and we will help you locate and find the perfect solutions.